CNC Machine Safety

I was over at The CNC Report earlier today and a video  posted on the front page caught my eye.  Basically  a couple of kids messing around with a lathe and one of them literally gets thrown over and his foot caught in the chuck.  Big laughs all around.  I know the saying, boy’s will be boy’s, but this is no laughing matter.  That  kid was  lucky it was in low gear or he could have lost his foot.  You can see the idiocy below:



Okay, so do I sound like your old shop teacher yet?

Hey, I was young once.  I’d watch safety video’s like this one and crack jokes with the rest of the guys.  Outside joking in the classroom I took this stuff seriously.  Getting lackadaisical around these machines can cost you an appendage or even your life.  Whether you’re working on a CNC machine or lathe in a large shop or just pursuing a CNC hobby, we all have to be mindful of what we are doing and to never treat our machines as play toys.

CNC Machine Safety Pointers


Since I’m harping on safety you can find a pdf with general safety do’s and don’ts here: SAFETY.  While many of these are common sense I’d like to emphasize one of them that some people, particularly some of the newer guys out there, don’t seem to get.

Never Wear Gloves.

Your Turn:

How about you?  Do you have a recommended CNC Machine safety pointer you’d like to share?  If so, let me know in the comments!



Welcome to Paul’s Haas CNC Machine Resources!

If you’re like me you try to stay on top of the latest CNC machine news, tips, and resources. Whether it be locating good information and prices on a used CNC machine, finding repair and replacement tutorials, or entertaining yourself with a CNC crash video, the web has a wealth of information and resources.

Though, if you’re like me you also want to keep things organized. I cannot tell you how much valuable time I’ve wasted trying to locate sites and information I found on the web at an earlier date.  I’ve begun putting together this site to organize the information I find valuable. I hope that it will be of a service to you as well.

What I hope for this site:

Resources for used CNC machines, CNC tools, and replacement parts

As you can tell from the title of this site, I like Haas.  They’re  high quality, affordable CNC machines and routers.  There is also a slew of great aftermarket websites for the buying and selling of used CNC machines.  I’m always on the lookout for great deals and have already begun adding some site links you may find helpful.  I’ll build on this list over time and perhaps you have a recommendation?  Don’t be shy, drop me a line and let me know what you recommend.

CNC Machine How-to’s and repairs and replacement tutorials

I’ve been in the industry for a while and even I forget some of the details from time to time.  A quick link to a how-to or a Haas CNC tutorial is a great refresher.

Maybe you have a new guy fresh off the chopping block and you’re introducing him to some machine maintenance?  Before he starts that ball bearing replacement you might feel more comfortable having him review some material.

I’ll be locating and linking to CNC tutorials and CNC how-to’s for just those purposes. I might even write a few myself.

DIY CNC Machine Community

We all have knowledge and resources to share. I hope we can bring together a wide range of experience and foster a well organized and reliable resource site we’ll all value and contribute to.  If you have a CNC forum you participate in then please let me know. If you find a great site or DIY CNC tutorial dedicated to CNC repair and replacement then shoot me the link.  Want to write your own DIY CNC how-to and feature it here?  Heck, by all means let me know the details!

Once again, welcome to Paul’s Haas CNC Machine Resources. What resources would you like to share today?